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groups are -- wendy davis have been called abortion barbie, and allison grimes who was called an empty dress. meanwhile, there are signs of division between the republican party's mainstream and its right wing. senator ted cruise of texas refused to endorse the senior senator from texas in his re-election bid against a tea party challenger. >> i'm leeblg going to stay out, and that is true outside of texas and inside of texas many congressional races. i like john cornyn. he and i have worked together very closely. we've agreed on the vast majority of things. there are some areas in which we've disagreed. >> cruz has been criticized for involving himself in other races. >>> well, we have a new troef of text messages that's been released in the george washington bridge scandal, and it shows more vin district courtive language. you'll remember ann kelly famously wrote time for traffic problems in fort lee. in this wave of texts that began six days later wildstein and kelly have -- wildstein said the rabbi has officially pissed me off. kelly said leerl we can't cause traffic problems in fr
it raised to $10.10 an hour. this comes a day after the budget. >>> texas state senator wendy davis becoming the first female nominee for governor in texas since ann richards. she'll now face texas attorney general greg abbott who won the republican nomination. also george p. bush taking the republican case for texas land commissioner and john cornyn turning back a tea party challenge. >>> in hillary clinton decides to run in 2016, a new poll finds she may have support from a somewhat unlikely group, republicans. 8% of republicans said there is a good chance they would vote for her. 8%. 17% says there was some chance they would vote for her. 74% says, no chance at all. mrs. clinton will speak to cleej students at an event at ucla today. >>> a woman was killed in a huge gas leak and explosion in new jersey. they were unable to identify the woman found near a car. seven other people were injured in the accident. dozens of homes were damaged. >>> so an asteroid is on the way and it's going to pass closer to earth than the moon. it's going to happen today around 4:00 p.m. eastern. experts say it
this year and on one hand, wendy davis is sparking a lot of national interest, raising a lot in the gubernatorial race, yet you were telling me, the party is still not a strong party in the state of texas if its u.s. senate nominee is going to end up being a leroux. the fact they have to fight and spend money from getting the nomination, that's what parties that have no chance in a state have to do. >> look, this is a fluke. we didn't get anybody well known to run for the senate. there's a woman with a short last name, she wants to impeach the president. we're working hard, the party is working hard to make sure she's not the nominee, but look at the governor's race, we're going to have the first really well funded candidate in a long time. i think she's got a shot. it's a self fulfilling prophesy we can't win if we don't run. we have a good candidate, we have to run. >> senator, you eluded to it a minute ago about the future of the republicans, and that is, here's a state that demographically if democrats do register a lot of these unregistered voters that are hispanics, you
-off there. in the democratic race, wendy davis will face republican state attorney general greg abbott in the general election this november, after both sailed to primary wins down there. and the bush legacy continues. george p. bush, the son of former florida governor jeb bush, easily won the republican nomination for texas land commissioner, an elected job down there. >> do you give any advice from your dad? >> well, at the beginning of the effort, you know, he gave the best advice. that's just outhustle your competition. that's been the best advice i have gotten in the family. >> how about your uncle? >> you know, he always said texas is like its own country, and i was born in houston, went to texas schools. married a beautiful west texan, and my boy is a third generation, but until you put your name on a state-wide ballot, you don't fully get that sense. what does an apron have to do with car insurance? an apron is hard work. an apron is pride in what you do. an apron is not quitting until you've made something a little better. what does an apron have to do with car insurance? for
, those rights come from god. >> greg abbott will go on to face the dwmic winner wendy davis in a closely watched contest in the fall. and as long as we're looking forward, a look in to the crystal ball shows a future for texas that bear as striking resemblance to its past. with the state poised to elect its third george bush. george p. bush cruised to victory in the gop race for land commissioner. the son of jeb and nephew of g.w., george p. did not have to go far to get political pointers from big time texans. >> did you get any advice from your dad? >> well, at the beginning of the effort, he gave the best advice and that is just outhust huhuso competition. >> unheard of $3.5 million in fundraising. perhaps by the time george p. bush is ready to begin his campaign for higher office, the texas tea party will be decaffeinated. that is all for now. i'll see you back here tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. eastern. the ed show is up next. >>> good evening, americans. welcome to the ed show live from new york. let's get to work. >> what president obama could do to get putin's attention is to start to bu
to replace people like rush holt. on tuesday, a major primary in texas, and democrats are rooting for wendy davis there. today, president obama meanwhile speaking to the dnc about what democrats should focus on. the speech is this afternoon and a white house aide said the president will say trickle down economics doesn't work, while the president believes the economy works best when grows from the middle out. >> i can't think of a time, for real, since i was elected in '72, where the majority of the american people agreed with us on every major issue we're for. so what are we worried about? >> got to love it when joe biden says "for real." republicans say trends favor the gop, which is true. their numbers are going to rebound and some of them, like this guy, are going to predict a wave election. >> i think if the election were held today, republicans would take the senate. i think there's a possibility that it is an election year on the order of magnitude of 2010. i think we could see a surprising pickup, and i think you're starting to see a lot of democrats get very, very nervous. >> and l
: the decision is pretty much over. willbbott and wendy davis win easily the nominations but there are ballot races that are terrifically competitive. the lieutenant governor's race has four candidates, including the incumbent lieutenant governor. they have all moved as far to the right as they can in a strong appeal to texas primary voters, who are quite conservative. if you are here in austin or fullon, your television is of television ads in which virtually every republican candidate to agriculture commissioner and railroad commissioner are featuring basically three things, and one is a bible, one is a gun and an assurance they do not like barack obama. ont is really the message the republican side. the other headline is at the national level. that is john cornyn, incumbent u.s. senator is being challenged by a number of republicans, including steve stockman, who ad sort -- had hoped to be strong tea party challenger and part of the national effort in many states, missouri and kansas and elsewhere, to challenge candidates.publican seem tolenge does not have gone very well. he has been hurt
of former florida governor jeb bush and grandson of former president george h.w. bush. >>> democrat wendy davis has become the first female gubernatorial nominee in texas since former governor ann richards. davis gained national attention for her hours long speech on the floor of the texas legislature. she'll face texas attorney general greg abbott. they are vying to replace rick perry who is not seeking re-election after 14 years in office. >>> current and former lawmakers are drawing on conservative philosophy to support gay marriage. the group submitted a brief to federal appeals court. they say allowing same-sex marriage is consistent with their values of freedom and liberty. their brief also draws on the words of president reagan and barry goldwater. >>> an abc news poll out this morning shows record support for gay marriage. 59% for it. 34% oppose it. 81% say businesses should not be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians based on religious belief. that's an issue hitting home after the arizona controversial proposal. >>> one person was killed and several others injured afte
like emily's list are fund-raising on a tax against candidates ironically wendy davis who has been called abortion barbie and alison grimes who has been called an empty dress. senator ted cruz was less than enthusiastic about minority leader mitch mcconnell when politico's mike allen asked him to play a game of word association. >> this will be good. >> last one. mitch mcconnell. >> leader. >> that's a statement of fact. >> that is what is stencilled on his door. >> that's all you have to say? should mitch mcconnell be the senate republican leader. >> look. that is a decision for the conference to make. >> no. but what is your personal opinion about that sf is he a leader or a sell-out? >> i strongly disagree with the decisions -- some of the decisions republican leadership has made this past year. there is a real divide over how you win elections. there are a number of folks in washington who think the way you win elections is you put your head down, you don't rock the boat, you don't take any risks. >> and that describes the current senate republican leadership? >> sadly. >> all
't tell you how honored i am. >> reporter: democrats hope wendy davis' meteoric rise translates into an update in the governor's race. and texas republicans are poised to elect their third george bush to office in the last 50 years. this one is jeb bush's son, he's favored to win his first election as state planning commissioner, george p. the other part of this election season, savannah, that is going to be huge is the amount of money going to be spent. in fact, already more money's been spent on these midterm elections than either george bush or al gore spent in their presidential campaign in 2000. it's going to be that much money. >> expensive new world, chuck. >> by the way, chuck, my barber called said he enjoyed meeting you. >> hey, i always say -- i tell people, i'm lauering. how else can i can you describe my hair? >> you wear it well. >> looking good there. >>> meantime, millions are waking up to record low temperatures combined with months of unrelenting snow and ice. we're all looking forward to spring. and it seems a little help from technology, nbc's dylan dreyer ha
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